In Lovely Blue
“The splendour falls on castle walls
And snowy summits old in story:
The long light shakes across the lakes,
And the wild cataract leaps in glory.
Blow, bugle, blow, set the wild echoes flying,
Blow, bugle; answer, echoes, dying, dying, dying.”
– Alfred Lord Tennyson
Earth Prayer, Bill Douglas’ seventh album on the Hearts of Space label, once again features the Ars Nova Singers, (conducted by Thomas Morgan), whose radiant vocals graced Bill’s two previous recordings. Earth Prayer joins his signature melodic gifts and poignant instrumentals in a heartfelt tribute to our planet. In addition to Tennyson, there are settings of poetry by W.B. Yeats (The Minstrel’s Wish), Percy Bysshe Shelley (Magic Circle) and Shakespeare (As Dreams Are Made Of). New instrumental pieces round out this collection most notably the rousing, uplifting Spirit Dance, the gentle, tender In Lovely Blue and the quiet, folk-like Iona.